Event #200 09/11/19

Saturday morning gave us a cold, dry morning. This was a bonus as we were expecting a wet one. Friday night was particularly wet so although soggy underfoot we would stay dry at least.
We had 213 participants helped along by 23 volunteers. Well done to all of you. Of the runners, 19 were first timers and 23 recorded new personal bests. We had representatives from 13 different clubs.
Our 23 volunteers played a blinder as ever. Always encouraging and helpful to all concerned. Thank you for making everything go smoothly.
The weather has definitely turned into winter so we recommend if you are volunteering to wrap up as Castletown can be pretty cold and windy even if the sun is shining.
We thought our female record, held for over three years by Louise Reilly was about to be broken by our second person home, Ilona McElroy but it still stands. Not by much though, Ilona only missed it by 33 seconds.


The first three finishers were, Freddy Lampret 19.13
Ilona McElroy 19.52
Colm Fitzgerald 19.56

We had visitors from far and wide including a participant from Vienna on his first parkrun.


We also had Katelyn celebrating her 25th volunteer today. She was scanning your barcodes. She is one of our junior parkrunners and is always helping out. In fact in a couple of weeks she will be celebrating her 100th parkrun along with her sister who is also a junior. The first juniors to reach the 100 milestone at Castletown. Well done Katelyn.


We will see you all next week whether you are running, walking or volunteering. Don't forget we always need volunteers. All jobs are easy and training is given on Saturday morning at 9.00am. If you have done 10 runs or have never volunteered please try and put your name down for a job over the next few weeks. It also gives you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes.

Until next Saturday

Marian Fagan

Run director


Event 199 2 November

As people arrived near 9.30 on Saturday they have thought they had arrived at Gdansk parkrun or Zary parkrun due to the Polish feel to the morning but no it was Castletown parkrun you arrived at all right. Due to one of our regulars Rafal Wirkus running his 250th parkrun we had a few extra visitors.

Polish group

We also had the large group of people who had just about recovered from running the Dublin marathon. Well done to them all and proudly showing the finisher t-shirts.


Some had even signed up for the 2020 marathon all ready.

Shortly after 9.30, 213 parkrunners set off for event 199.
We had 25 first timers 20 PB's 18 volunteers and 14 club were represented and 3 new club members.

Jacek Latala was first across the line in 18:47 with Castletown regulars Michael Comer and James Keane following closely. I was only able to catch 2 of the first 3 male finishers and none of the lady finishers for a photo.


Tara Campbell was first lady across the line aided by one of her many canine helpers. Anne Dooley and Marta Rzepka completed the top 3 ladies.

Post run we were treated to a lovely spread of polish cakes. I hope the first timers don't expect this every week.

Polish Food

As mentioned above we had 3 people enter parkrun clubs

Well done to

Rafal Wirkus joining the 250 club. First person who do it at Castletown. only 85 people worldwide joined the 250 club this week


Ray Dunne who joined the 50 club
Erin Smith who joined the 10 club

Ray and Erin find Marian our run director this week and she will give you your certs.

Thats all for this week

Philip Slattery
RD Event 199


Event#198 Castletown’s 4th Birthday

Event #198 dawned a chilly bright morning for Castletown's fourth anniversary celebration which saw 165 ghouls, witches and other creepy creatures toe the line and dodge the many puddles around the course. Four years since Sharon, Marian, Declan, Sheila, Laura, Eavan, Alan and John set the ball rolling to bring Paul Sinton-Hewitt's simple yet brilliant idea to the local community, and how it has touched and changed so many lives. Thanks to that original core team and also the O.P.W. and the Courtyard cafe for making us feel welcome each week.

Well done to Brendan Mooney on 100 parkruns, our only individual  milestone this week, don't forget to claim that black tee shirt Brendan.

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We welcomed visitors from Porterstown, Shanganna and the UK and special thanks to Rafal Wirkus and the Polish runners club for the fabulous apple cake, between that and the cream birthday cake we all went home happy.


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21 people joined us for their first parkrun, 27 people achieved new pbs and the first 3 men home where 1st Michael Comer, 2nd place unknown and 3rd Richard Nunan while Lisa Ryan was first lady, second was Anne Dooley and Olive Sweetman was third.IMG_0543 2

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Well done to all the representatives of Castletown who took part in the Dublin City Marathon, runners and volunteers, it was a fantastic event.

Our lost property collection is growing each week so please check out the photo and if you recognise  something that might be yours please claim it next week otherwise all will be donated to a clothes bank. A runners belt was also  found on the course on Saturday containing a small amount of money
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Finally, thanks as always to the 18 volunteers for making this event happen, it cant be done without you!
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John O'Lone

run director.


Event #197, 19th October 2019

So, for the Run Report for Event 197, I'll include a smattering of the opening briefing, and then some notes from afterwards...

Good morning and welcome to event #197 here at Castletown parkrun.

My name is Declan, and I’m your run director for today.

Apparently there is another sporting event later today that has some level of importance to folks. Yes - the Manchester Storm are playing the Belfast Giants at the SSE Arena in Belfast @ 7pm this evening.

I’m only kidding - so I need to know if there is anyone here from the land of the long white cloud?

If there are - then “Kia Ora”….if not - then the pronunciations won’t be as accurate as I’d like in the 2nd half of this.

So - first up - we have some pacers this week:

Alan @ 22 and a half minutes: Luke - @ 25 minutes
Laura @ 30 minutes : Faith @ 40 minutes

So - everyone has a time in mind, and you can run after them, run with them, or stay ahead of them - or if you want to grab a bib and volunteer then you can become a pacer….it’s worth having a go and helping out your fellow parkrunners.

We had Karl and Claire arrive on the day and offer to take up the pacer bibs - which anyone can do!

I'm going to say that 35 PB's from a turnout of 156 is pretty amazing - it's just over 22%. I don't know if it is a record, but many of those magic letters were, from my biased reading of the results, clustered around the times of people wearing the bibs....so well done everyone!!

Again, a quick thank you to Kevin who did the pre-event check on the course. The report back was that things look okay and the hazards are as normal for the course.

So, as most folks are aware, there are certain rituals around parkrun - as with many sporting events, so I’m going to adhere to a few, and deviate from others… and today I'm going to chat about New Zealand.

New Zealand started their first parkrun in
May 2012. Ireland in November 2012.
NZ - 29 events Ireland - 93
And I would love if that was the scoreline later today

Average parkrun participant time:
NZ: 30 minutes 27 seconds - Ireland - 29:50
However in parkrun terms - slower is better - in that there is broader participation, rather than narrowing it down to people who just run fast - we have people who walk, jog and run - and is an inclusive and welcoming event.

We had 15 first timers, including Lekesha O'Neill, whom we snapped as she was leaving - we hope to see you all again soon!

Some of our first timers this week!

Some of our first timers this week!

I’m told by Jenny - who did the first timers briefing that we have a few visitors this morning - from the following locations:
A) Shankhill
B) Griffeen
C) Naas

So, among the volunteers today is Eamonn - who started parkrun here in June, and has done 13 parkruns in total.
We also have Stefania - who has done 1 parkrun, but this is her 2nd time volunteering as a Marshal.

So - say “Hello!” to both of them on the way around - and thank all of the volunteers for volunteering!

We had some good performances from our first male and female finishers today. Anna is studying in Maynooth for a few months, and is a regular at orienteering so she had no bother finding her way around the course for her second visit.


Next week is Halloween, our 4th Birthday, so a good chance to put on a bit of Fancy Dress for the run around, and there might even be cake!

Declan Hynes
Castletown parkrun
Run Director Event #197

Castletown parkrun
Event number 197
19th October 2019

This week 156 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Gerry EGAN • Michael COMER • Declan HYNES • Claire MILLAR • Marian FAGAN • Faith VALENA • Deirdre DOWLING • Alan MAHER • Linda DEVLIN • Laura MURRAY • Brian BEATTIE • Kevin LAWLOR • Marc AUGUSTIN • Kevin DALY • Paul BENNETT • Kim O'LONE • Jenny SMYTH • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Karl MITCHELL • Patrick DOWLING • Stefania RIGILLO • Marion MCLOUGHLIN • Antoinette HICKEY • Luke LOGAN • Eamonn MORDAUNT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Louise REILLY who recorded a time of 19:19 on 28th May 2016 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Lee VAN HAEFTEN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 30th March 2019 (event number 168).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MARTIN who recorded 93.09% (26:03) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 180).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 5,718 participants have completed 38,380 parkruns covering a total distance of 191,900 km, including 7,072 new Personal Bests. A total of 760 individuals have volunteered 4,174 times.


parkrun #196 12 October

After being away for the last 2 parkruns it felt a little odd being back in Castletown for this weeks event. 218 of ye joined us for the event.

There was 20 first timers and tourist from as near as Griffeen and Naas and as far away as Australia. 29 of ye managed personal bests.

For anyone who heard my prerun briefing you will be aware how close we came to an untimed event at Castletown. Currently 12% of runners at Castletown have volunteered. If we increase this to 75% you would need to volunteer once every 2.5 years now that does not sound to bad does it.

We dont want to be cancelled the event in the next  few week as we have some fun  lined up

  • We have Castletown's 4th birthday and Halloween fancy dress on 26 October
  • At the moment on 2 November we will have the first person to run their 250th parkrun at Castletown
  • We will celebrate our 200th parkrun on 9 November

Our first finisher last Saturday came to try out the event but was not registered but assured us he would be back with a barcode

First finisher

We had 3 people enter the 100 club last Saturday. Well done Kevin Daly, Sara Nolan and Catherine Gavigan O'Keefe. We only got a photo with 2 of you.

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Good Luck to our DCM runner as they enjoy there taper period after all the hard training to date.

Philip Slattery
RD for Event #196


Castletown parkrun #195 – 15 years of parkrun

This week was the 15th birthday of parkrun. I am sure if the thirteen runners and five volunteers all those years ago could have seen into the future they would not have believed what they were seeing.


We had 182 participants today and thankfully the weather stayed dry for the morning. Nineteen were first timers and twenty one had new personal bests. We also had nineteen volunteers who as usual played a blinder and I would like to thank them all very much. Congratulations to our Gaisce volunteer Kevin Lawlor on his Junior cert results. He was handing you your finish token on Saturday.


Our top three men home were Michael Carton 18.51
Mel Hilliard 19.01
John Regan 19.03

The first three ladies home were Pauline Hilliard 22.22
Lisa Ryan 24.00
Sandra McLaughlin 24.18

The ladies always manage to evade the camera unfortunately.
Congratulations on your runs.

We also managed to catch Mary Kiernan to present her with her 100 cert from the previous week. Congratulations Mary.


So, well done to parkrun on fifteen incredible years and let us see where the next fifteen lead.

As you know we had problems with our results. In order to do results our watches and scanners must be uploaded to our parkrun laptop. The computer end of things takes over to correlate all the information within. If your barcode does not scan for any reason it is added to the others by manual input as well as any volunteers who put their hand up on the day. So the Results person has quite a job sometimes to get your results out for your email to drop in by lunchtime usually. When we have put our results in to HQ so have all the other parkruns in Ireland. Sometimes things go wrong with this process. We would ask you to be patient if things go slightly askew as usually it all goes swimmingly. Saturday was spent trying to remedy the fault by our volunteer results team. Please keep this in mind for the future. Results will be processed but sometimes we all have to wait a little longer. Thank you.

So onwards to next week when we get to have the best fun on our run in the park.  We are hoping that it will be a timed event, but at the moment we are rather short of volunteers.  Please get in touch if you can spare some time to help out this week.  Smoke signals, PM or email castletown@parkrun.com.  Your community will be very grateful.

Your Run Director for Event #195.

Marian Fagan


Kick-offs, Run Offs, and parkrun

Castletown parkrun #194

Last Saturday saw 137 participants.
Not even the Ireland vs Japan Rugby match couldn’t compete with these die-hard parkrunners or our magical volunteers!

We had a few first-timers and parkrun tourists from as far away as Oakland, California to a group of ladies from nearby Griffeen parkrun.
Hope you enjoyed your visit to Castletown and we hope to see you all again very soon. We had a few parkrun milestones to celebrate:
Colette Reilly's 50th parkrun and our own tail walker Mary Kiernan’s 100th parkrun. Many cogratulations guys!
P194_tailwalker Colette Reilly brought treats!

Overall, though the morning started out quite overcast and threatened to rain it turned out to be perfect morning for running and volunteering. So no excuses for next week…..well….we might have to see what happens after Lorenzo’s visit later this week.

Looking forward to seeing you all next parkrun day!

Sheila Hynes
Run Director,
Event #194 Castletown parkrun
Castletown parkrun Event number 194 28th September 2019 This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers: Philip SLATTERY • Teresa MCCARTHY • Caroline DEVANE • Sheila HYNES • Brian MCCORMICK • Kevin LAWLOR • Mary KIERNAN • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Roisin KIERNAN • Olga SLOWEY • Pat KEANE • Carol LEEMAN • Fiona MURPHY • Catherine DOWLING • Niall GERAGHTY • Anne-Marie JOYCE • Miriam CAGIGAL • Joseph DOOLEY T
oday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Louise REILLY who recorded a time of 19:19 on 28th May 2016 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Lee VAN HAEFTEN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 30th March 2019 (event number 168).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MARTIN who recorded 93.09% (26:03) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 180). Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015.
Since then 5,664 participants have completed 37,824 parkruns covering a total distance of 189,120 km, including 6,987 new Personal Bests.
A total of 749 individuals have volunteered 4,112 times.


Event #193, 21st Sept 2019

Last Friday on Facebook we promised you 3 of the follow
good weather, milestones, cake, or bling.
At Castletown parkrun we never let you down-

We had the good weather:

We had milestones, well done to Gerry Duffy and John O'Lone.

We had cake

and some of our regulars went to the Phoenix Park for the Dublin half in search of the bling

We had 189 people run, walk and jog the course 23 first timers and 28 of ye recorded personal bests. You were aided along by 17 volunteers.

Eoin Negle, Dave McCarrick and Ryan Van Haeften made up the top 3 men.

First timer Anna Simkovics was the first lady across the line. At one point she had us thinking the ladies course record might be about to fall after 3 and a half years but it lives to fight another day. Suzanne Quinn and Zoe Melling made the top 3 ladies.

This week was also week 3 of Park Walk where we encourage people who might not completed the 5k in under 30 to still come along as we allow all paces to take part. We had 41 people take longer then 40 minutes and year on year the average time is getting slower and we love that fact.

Some of our core team are off to Bushy parkrun in London this weekend to see where parkrun began as we celebrate parkrun's 15th birthday on October 5th. I am going to ensure they can back safely as one of them is meant to be RD on the 5th October.

Thanks as always
RD for Event 193


Event #192, 14th Sept 2019

Geansais, 50ths and Volunteering

Drop us a note if you think that your barcode might not have scanned this week - the low sun interfered a little bit, but most of the results should be there.

As mentioned in the briefing, last Tuesday there was a program on RTE, An Geansai, which featured a number of parkrun events in the course of the 30 minute program - Inch Beach in Kerry, Tymon, and Clonbur Woods. Each had that great sense of community and welcome that you’d see at every parkrun every Saturday morning. Well worth a view if you have 30 minutes - subtitles on the program .... and the joy is infectious.

There is a link to the program on the RTE Player here.

We had visitors from Griffeen, Waterford, Holland and farther afield, and more than a dozen first timers.

To paraphrase the Roman phrase attributed to Julius Caesar
Veni - I came

Vidi - I saw

Vici - I Conquered

For each of you, and those of you doing your first parkrun, you should conquer:
For the rest of you, parkrun should be

Veni - I came (on time)

Vidi - I saw (some friends)

Vici - I conquered ( a PB or your target for the morning)

Volunteerii - I volunteered.

Each event is run by you, the participants, not anyone else, so when it suits, please put your name down to help out some weekend.

So - a quick selection the the few photos from the week:

We managed to catch up with the first 3 ladies home

Event 192 First Ladies home

Event 192 First Ladies home

We had a few milestones, with 50 celebrations being the order of the day.

Niall and Daughter Kate 50th

Niall and Daughter Kate 50th

Niall Geraghty with daughter Kate celebrated 50 parkruns - of which 49 were in Castletown.
We'll have to find out where the tourism was.
{ And congratulations to younger sister Una celebrating her 19th parkrun....on her 10th birthday! }


Liam Moriarty and sibings

Liam Moriarty and sibings


We also had Liam Moriarty celebrate his 50th parkrun:

We'll try and do it again next week....don't forget your barcode!!

Declan Hynes
Run Director, Event #192
Castletown parkrun

Castletown parkrun
Event number 192
14th September 2019

This week 213 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Philip SLATTERY • Caroline DEVANE • Declan HYNES • Eleanor KENNEDY • Laura MURRAY • Brendan MOONEY • Kevin LAWLOR • Ethan DEVANE • Lesley THOMSON • John Paul CARNEY • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Gerry DUFFY • Karl MITCHELL • Catherine MCGOWAN • Cian DEVANE • Mary FOLEY • Stefania RIGILLO • Simon LANG

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Louise REILLY who recorded a time of 19:19 on 28th May 2016 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Lee VAN HAEFTEN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 30th March 2019 (event number 168).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MARTIN who recorded 93.09% (26:03) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 180).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 5,627 participants have completed 37,498 parkruns covering a total distance of 187,490 km, including 6,946 new Personal Bests. A total of 744 individuals have volunteered 4,076 times.